MPs attack lack of social homes on dog track site
MPs have criticised London & Quadrant for not including social rented homes in its controversial plans for a housing estate on the site of a former iconic dog track.
L&Q’s plans for a 294-home development on the site of Walthamstow Stadium are due to come before a committee of councillors tonight.
Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford, and Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy have issued a joint statement criticising L&Q for not including social rented homes in the scheme.
The statement said: ‘’The news that L&Q will not be providing any social housing in this plan at all is proof they are not meeting the real needs of Waltham Forest’s residents.
‘Given that there are 21,000 people on our housing waiting list this omission is a critical flaw in L&Q’s plans. Furthermore, not only are there no social rented properties in this proposal, it will also only deliver 24 flats at “affordable rates” of rent which are higher and so meet a different need in our local housing market.’
Officers at Waltham Forest Council have recommended members tonight grant the scheme permission, subject to L&Q meeting 46 conditions and paying more than £3.8 million in section 106 agreements. The council has slashed the developers’ affordable housing requirement to just 60 homes, far short of council guidelines stating that 50 per cent of homes should be affordable.
L&Q declined to comment.